LI teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with student, charged with rape: police

WEST HILLS, N.Y. — A Long Island teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student has been charged with rape, police said Friday.

Brian Dreher is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student at the Long Island high school he worked at. He was arrested on May 25, 2017. (Suffolk County police)

Brian Dreher, a social studies teacher at Walt Whitman High School, was arrested at his home Thursday around 7:25 a.m., Suffolk County police said.

Dreher, 41, is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old student, according to police.

He faces a third-degree rape charge, as well as third-degree criminal sex act and endangering the welfare of a child.

Officials with the high school’s district say they are “very concerned” about the allegations, but they know very few details because it’s an active police investigation.

Upon release, Dreher will be placed on administrative leave and restricted from the campus during the investigation, according to David Bennardo, with South Huntington Superintendent of Schools.

“Of course, the South Huntington staff stands ready to assist our students in the hours, days, and weeks to come,” Bennardo said.

Dreher is expected to appear in court Friday.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Special Victims unit detectives at 631-852-6531.